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More from SI’s Thomas Lake

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The rules are you cannot help a teammate around the bases? Right,  she’s got to do it herself. The umpires don’t know what to do. They’re confused. They look through the rulebook to see what rules apply here. They’re saying she won’t be able to score the run because she couldn’t cross home plate. Mallory Holtman, playing first base for the other team, asks the umpire: What if we carry her? The umpire says, I don’t know of any rule against that. So these two girls for the other team pick up this girl and carry her around the bases, helping her score a run that counts against them—and they’re ultimately eliminated from the playoffs. 

And you wanted to know why Mallory Holtman wanted to help her opponent … Mallory said it was just the right thing to do: The hitter earned it, and we wanted to make sure she got what she had earned. I found out about Mallory’s background, about how much her two parents loved her and supported her, and how her coach had taught her that winning was not actually the most important thing: Playing the game right was. 

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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